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Aesop's fables
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New York : Viking Press, [1981]
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25 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
The cock and the jewel.--The dove and the snake.--The fox and the grapes.--A laden ass and a horse.--The country mouse and the city mouse.--The stag looking into the water.--The marriage of the Sun.--The hare and the tortoise.--The bat, the bramblebush, and the cormorant.
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PZ8.2.A254 HO Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Retelling 10 famous fables of Aesop, Paxton prods and shapes the stories into verse. Changes come more in the author's point of view than in the morals or the plots. For instance, ``The Boy Who Cried Wolf'' is told as an admonishing lecture to a shepherd boy. While the necessity of rhyming occasionally forces awkward sentence order or word choice, songwriter Paxton also comes up with many felicitous phrases. The rhythms are so precise that one can almost hear the guitar accompaniment in the background. Rayevsky's droll illustrations are fine-line drawings tinted with delicately shaded greys, browns, greens, and blues and warmed with flashes of scarlet. His characters, some clothed in Renaissance garb, trip through the pages with grace and elan. At times even the forms and composition hark back to an earlier period of art, as if seeking a suitable milieu for these timeless tales. A good addition for libraries seeking to offer many versions of the fables. CP. 398.2'452 Fables [CIP] 88-1652

Publisher's Weekly Review

These 10 fables are given a fresh treatment in rhyme, and a new look by Rayevsky. His foxes, bears, lions and other animals appear in medieval and Shakespearean capes, jerkins and plumed hats, all in deep reds, subtle browns and greens. The verses are not always successful, often indulging in inverted syntax to rhyme, and uneven metrics. But phrasing is often clever, and humor is everywhere. In true Aesopian fashion, the morals are soundly thumped at the end: mouse and lion awkwardly learn, ``Yes, sometimes the weak and sometimes the strong/ Must help each other to save right from wrong.'' The boy who cried wolf is more snappily told, ``Please learn your lesson/ Young man and beware:/ Never cry `Wolf!'/ When the wolf isn't there.'' Ages 4-7. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2 Up These ten well-known fables by Aesop have been given a new twist with songwriter Paxton's bouncy verse retellings. Even such familiar stories as ``The Fox and the Grapes,'' and ``The Tortoise and the Hare'' appear fresh due to the skilled and humorous verse. Rayevsky's expressive pen-and-ink with color wash illustrations are a perfect complement to Aesop's wry observations of human nature. The greedy fox, prideful lion, and over-confident hare each act like a mirror, reflecting our own shortcomings. Full of movement and life, these detailed illustrations are reminiscent of the engravings of Durer. The blending of Aesop's fables, Paxton's verse, and Rayevsky's illustrations creates a vital and entertaining work which will delight both eye and ear. Denise A. Anton, Cornbelt Library System, Normal, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Aesop's Fables is one of the world's most enduring books of wisdom, filled with witty stories that even the smallest child can enjoy and understand. Most involve animals who somehow manage to seem altogether human in their actions and motivations, and each is punctuated by an incisive moral at the end. From the Fox And The Grapes, To the Tortoise And The Hare And The Boy who Cried Wolf, these tales play a central part in our cultural heritage. Whether you remember these stories from childhood, are experiencing them For The first time, or are sharing them with a young reader, Aesop's Fables will always be an entertaining and worthwhile read. Excerpted from Aesop's Fables by S. A. Handford All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Aesop's Fables A Note on the Text and Illustrations
I The Fox and the Grapes
II The Wolf and the Crane
III The Archer and the Lion
IV The Woman and the Fat Hen
V The Kid and the Wolf
VI The Hawk and the Pigeons
VII The Eagle and the Fox
VIII The Boy and the Scorpion
IX The Fox and the Goat
X The Old Hound
XI The Ants and the Grasshopper
XII The Fawn and Her Mother
XIII The Horse and the Groom
XIV The Mountain in Labor
XV The Flies and the Honey Jar
XVI The Two Bags
XVII The Vain Crow
XVIII The Wolf and the Lamb
XIX The Bear and the Fox
XX The Dog, the Cock and the Fox
XXI The Cock and the Jewel
XXII The Sea Gull and the Hawk
XXIII The Fox and the Lion
XXIV The Creaking Wheels
XXV The Frog and the Ox
XXVI The Farmer and the Snake
XXVII The Lion and the Fox
XXVIII The Fisherman and His Music
XXIX The Domesticated Dog and the Wolf
XXX The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse
XXXI The Dog and the Shadow
XXXII The Moon and Her Mother
XXXIII The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle
XXXIV The Man and the Satyr
XXXV The Tortoise and the Eagle
XXXVI The Mule
XXXVII The Hen and the Cat
XXXVIII The Old Woman and the Wine Bottle
XXXIX The Hare and the Tortoise
XL The Ass and the Grasshopper
XLI The Lamb and the Camel
XLII The Crab and Its Mother
XLIII Jupiter and the Camel
XLIV The Mouse and the Frog
XLV The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
XLVI The Peach, the Apple, and the Blackberry
XLVII The Hare and the Hound
XLVIII The Stag in the Ox Stall
XLIX The Crow and the Pitcher
L The Lion and the Mouse
LI The One-Eyed Doe
LII The Trees and the Ax
LIII The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox Who Went Hunting
LIV The Travelers and the Bear
LV The Belly and the Members
LVI The Dolphins and the Sprat
LVII The Blind Man and the Whelp
LVIII The Sick Stag
LIX Hercules and the Wagoner
LX The Fox and the Woodcutter
LXI The Monkey and the Camel
LXII The Dove and the Crow
LXIII The Ass and the Lap Dog
LXIV The Hares and the Frogs
LXV The Fisherman and the Little Fish
LXVI The Wind and the Sun
LXVII The Farmer and the Stork
LXVIII The Lioness
LXIX The Brash Candlelight
LXX The Old Woman and the Physician
LXXI The Charcoal-Burner and the Cloth-Fuller
LXXII The Wolf and the Sheep
LXXIII The Farmer and His Sons
LXXIV The Wolves and the Sheep
LXXV The Mole and Her Mother
LXXVI The Swallow and the Crow
LXXVII The Man Bitten by a Dog
LXXVIII The Man and the Lion
LXXIX The Monkey and the Dolphin
LXXXI The Viper and the File
LXXXII The Bundle of Sticks
LXXXIII Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, and Momus
LXXXIV The Lion in Love
LXXXV The Nurse and the Wolf
LXXXVI The Birdcatcher and the Lark
LXXXVII Jupiter and the Bee
LXXXVIII The Travelers and the Plane Tree
LXXXIX The Fox Without a Tail
XC The Horse and the Stag
XCI The Mischievous Dog
XCII The Geese and the Cranes
XCIII The Quack Frog
XCIV Mercury and the Woodcutter
XCV The Oxen and the Butchers
XCVI The Goatherd and the Goats
XCVII The Widow and the Sheep
XCVIII The Marriage of the Sun
XCIX The Theif and His Mother
C The Gnat and the Bull
CI The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox
CII The Oak and the Reed
CIII The Dog in the Manger
CIV The Goose with the Golden Eggs
CV The Lion and the Dolphin
CVI The Comedian and the Farmer
CVII The Dog Invited to Supper
CVIII The Ass Loaded with Salt
CIX The Theif and the Dog
CX The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
CXI The Hunter and the Fisherman
CXII The Fir Tree and the Bramble
CXIII The Eagle and the Arrow
CXIV The Two Pets
CXV The Fisherman and Troubled Water
CXVI The Lark and Her Young Ones
CXVII The Arab and the Camel
CXVIII The Travelers and the Hatchet
CXIX The Doctor and His Patient
CXX The Maid and the Pail of Milk
CXXI The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion
CXXII The Ass and His Driver
CXXIII The Travelers and the Hatchet
CXXIV The Hedge and the Vineyard
CXXV The Frogs Who Desired a King
CXXVI The Lion and the Goat
CXXVII The Mice in Council
CXXVIII The Fox and the Mask
CXXIX The Thirsty Pigeon
CXXX The Farmer and the Cranes
CXXXI The Falconer and the Partridge
CXXXII The Cat and the Mice
CXXXIII The Father and His Two Daughters
CXXXIV The Heifer and the Ox
CXXXV The Fox and the Hedgehog
CXXXVI The Lion and the Ass
CXXXVII The Bald Knight
CXXXVIII The Ass and His Masters
CXXXIX The Farmer and the Sea
CXL The Hart and the Vine
CXLI The Pig and the Sheep
CXLII The Bull and the Goat
CXLIII The Old Man and Death
CXLIV The Dog and the Hare
CXLV The Boy and the Hazel Nuts
CXLVI The Wolf and the Shepherd
CXLVII The Jackass and the Statue
CXLVIII The Blacksmith and His Dog
CXLIX The Herdsman and the Lost Calf
CL The Lion and the Other Beasts Who Went Out Hunting
CLI The Bees, the Drones, and the Wasp
CLII The Kid and the Piping Ass
CLIII The Stallion and the Ass
CLIV The Mice and the Weasels
CLV The Stubborn Goat and the Goatherd
CLVI The Boys and the Frogs
CLVII The Mouse and the Weasel
CLVIII The Farmer and the Lion
CLIX The Horse and the Loaded Ass
CLX The Wolf and the Lion
CLXI The Farmer and the Dogs
CLXII The Eagle and the Crow
CLXIII The Lion and His Three Councillors
CLXIV The Great and Little Fish
CLXV The Ass, the Cock, and the Lion
CLXVI The Wolf and the Goat
CLXVII The Fox and the Stork
CLXVIII The Leopard and the Fox
CLXIX The Vine and the Goat
CLXX The Sick Lion
CLXXI The Rivers and the Sea
CLXXII The Blackamoor
CLXXIII The Boy and the Nettle
CLXXIV The Seaside Travelers
CLXXV The Boy Who Went Swimming
CLXXVI The Sick Hawk
CLXXVII The Monkey and the Fisherman
CLXXVIII Venus and the Cat
CLXXIX The Three Tradesmen
CLXXX The Ass's Shadow
CLXXXI The Eagle and the Beetle
CLXXXII The Lion and the Three Bulls
CLXXXIII The Old Woman and Her Maids
CLXXXIV The Dogs and the Hides
CLXXXV The Dove and the Ant
CLXXXVI The Old Lion
CLXXXVII The Wolf and the Shepherds
CLXXXVIII The Ass in the Lion's Skin
CLXXXIX The Swallow in Chancery
CXC The Raven and the Swan
CXCI The Wild Boar and the Fox
CXCII The Stag at the Pool
CXCIII The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
CXCIV The Boasting Traveler
CXCV The Man and his Two Wives
CXCVI The Shepherd and the Sea
CXCVII The Miser
CXCVIII Mercury and the Sculptor
CXCIX The Miller, His Son, and Their Ass
CC The Wolf and the Horse
CCI The Astronomer
CCII The Hunter and the Woodcutter
CCIII The Fox and the Crow
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